Monday, December 4, 2023


RV boo-boos: Roll-over trailer disintegrates! – Video

It’s enough to ruin your whole day! Somebody loses control and ends up with a roll-over that clearly messes up their trailer. Happily, they kept the truck upright and it looks like they lived to tell the tale.

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Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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pursuits712 (@guest_184728)
1 year ago

Aluminum chassis? More bendable than steel. Then set a cheap wood box set on top. What else would one expect?

Thomas D (@guest_184467)
1 year ago

Maybe should have used longer screws. It literally fell apart before it hit the ground.
Consider a Hensley Arrow next time. Ive seen their video where they deliberately tried to make trailer sway. Could not.
Always go for the lowest price. It s fun to watch the outcome!

captain gort (@guest_184463)
1 year ago

Methinks too many toys in the back of that toy hauler!

John_Brown (@guest_184462)
1 year ago

This is why whenever I use wood in a trailer, I try to use bolts to hold things together, including the floors for cheap and small utility trailers. I usually use a minimum of grade 8 – 1/4″ coarse bolts with a washer under the bolt and nyl-nut. Inside a van things are bolted to the side members., floors, or the frame itself. For very light things, such as brackets, a pop rivet backed by a #6 washer will do. I will weld brackets to a frame I made myself, but, not a vehicle body because the skin is too weak.

That trailer never should have come apart like that before it even hit the ground. I guess this is part of the reason you are not allowed to travel in towed trailers.

Not to mention too much trailer for such a small truck. If you lose control of a trailer, heading towards the rumble strip is probably a bad idea …

At least the passenger vehicle did not flip, so the only thing hurt was the wallet.

Tim (@guest_184410)
1 year ago

No way around it. That’s a “disaster”.

Tony Stekar (@guest_184372)
1 year ago

I learned early that an equalizer hitch is a must!

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